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Boris Johnson offers to host all Euro 2020 games in the UK and outlines plans for joint bid for 2030 World Cup

Boris Johnson offers to host all Euro 2020 games in the UK and outlines plans for joint bid for 2030 World Cup

Sports
Boris Johnson has offered to host every European Championship game in the UK this summer – and wants the World Cup in Britain and Ireland in 2030. The Euros – pushed back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic – are due to be staged across 12 countries, with the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley in London. AFP Johnson wants the UK to host the European Championship and the 2030 World Cup But with the Covid restrictions still causing disruption throughout Europe – and given England’s successful vaccine roll-out – Johnson has offered to take on extra games if UEFA is forced to alter its plans. Speaking to The Sun, the PM said: “We are hosting the Euros. We are hosting the semis and the final. “If there’s, you know, if they want any other match
Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

Sports
MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Miami Marlins were arguably the MLB team most impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. They'll be one of 28 teams that start MLB spring training games Sunday with a renewed sense of optimism and appreciation for baseball. "It's going to be a full season, so let's see what we are made of," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas told reporters Wednesday on a Zoom video conference. Advertisement All 30 MLB teams reported to camps last week, with half the league at training facilities in Florida and the other half in Arizona. The reporting dates came almost exactly a year after teams reported in 2020. Last year's preseason slate suddenly stopped in March, though, because of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted an unprecedented MLB season. Forty-three 43 games were postponed and ...
Report: North Korea’s trade with China declined 80% in 2020

Report: North Korea’s trade with China declined 80% in 2020

Business
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Two-way trade between North Korea and its biggest partner, China, fell 80.7% in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from Seoul's Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. North Korea imported about $ 491.06 million of goods from China last year, while exporting only $ 48 million of commodities and products to its neighbor, the Seoul agency's Shenyang branch said, Seoul Pyongyang News reported Monday. Two-way trade was about $ 539.06 million, reflecting a steep decline from the previous year, the report said. Advertisement Trade activity dropped significantly in February 2020, with two-way trade falling to $ 10.71 million in the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus epidemic that began in Wuhan, China. North Korea shut its 880-mile border with China ...

Tax season is upon us. Here’s what’s new for your 2020 return

Finance
PeopleImagesYou might want to buckle up for this tax season.Whether due to pandemic-related relief, remote work or no work, individuals may find that preparing their 2020 taxes is a bigger challenge than usual."I think it's going to be much more complicated," said Julio Gonzalez, CEO of Engineered Tax Services.This year, the IRS will handle an estimated 150 million returns, with the filing deadline set for the usual April 15. The agency began accepting returns on Feb. 12.Here are some ways that preparing your tax return could be different this year.Stimulus paymentsWhile the federal stimulus payments — two of them — issued in 2020 were a lifeline for many households and helped stimulate the economy, they also created a lot of tax questions.The most important thing to know is that the money
CDC: U.S. life expectancy fell by a year during first half of 2020 due to COVID-19

CDC: U.S. life expectancy fell by a year during first half of 2020 due to COVID-19

Health
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Life expectancy in the United States declined by a year during the first half of 2020, due in large part to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From January through June of last year, life expectancy at birth for the total population of the United States was 77.8 years, down from 78.8 years in 2019. Advertisement For Black Americans, life expectancy fell by nearly three years over the same period, to 72 years from 74.7 years. Among Hispanic Americans, it dropped by roughly two years to 79.9 years from 81.8 years from 2019 through June 2020. In men, life expectancy declined to 75.1 years from 76.3 years over the same period, while it fell to 80.5 years from 81.4 years for women, th...